Columbia Board of Education votes on next step for new middle school

4 months 1 week 6 days ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:01:00 PM CST December 11, 2017 in News
By: Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education voted to approve ballot language for a $30 million bond issue Monday night at its meeting. Bonds sold by Columbia Public Schools would fund the construction of a new middle school.

Columbia Public Schools previously used a bond issue approved in 2016 to fund construction plans and buying land for the new middle school. The bond issue is separate from taxes and would not raise them.

Southwest Middle School's location will be on Sinclair Road near Mill Creek Elementary School. CPS bought the land in September from Sinclair Farm, which is owned by the University of Missouri. 

“We knew that we would have to come back to voters in order to be able to ask for bond funds to actually build the middle school," communications director Michelle Baumstark said.

CPS hopes the new middle school will ease overcrowding at Gentry Middle School. Baumstark said Gentry Middle School was built for 600 to 650 students, but it has more than 900 students in attendance this school year. It is the only middle school in south Columbia, and the school has added 13 trailers to address the issue.

Baumstark said class sizes are within the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education's requirements through the use of the trailers, but the school experiences overcrowding most in lunch times and common space use. She said lunch starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. 

CPS made an attendance area adjustment for Gentry Middle School for this year, but overcrowding will not go away.

“It becomes a very emotional process for our families, but it was important for us to do some things to mitigate the growth that we’re seeing in that side of town until we can get a new school built," Baumstark said.

CPS has accelerated the timeline for building the new middle school. The schools originally said it would finish construction by 2022, but it now expects to finish around 2020.

The bond issue would also fund repairs and renovations to existing school buildings and technology upgrades.

“We have 30 plus schools in our school district," Baumstark said. "It’s important that we keep them in good condition. The buildings range anywhere from over a hundred to just a couple years old."

Baumstark said renovating Lee Elementary is one of the upcoming plans since it is more than 100 years old.

The board said the plans are part of a vision created in 2010. Board member Jonathan Sessions said he is glad the board has stayed true to them and is seeing the "fruits."

“This is part of that same conversation that this board’s been having for eight years now. I’m really glad that we’ve been able to fulfill this plan, that it hasn’t changed dramatically, and we can see the success of it," Sessions said.

The ballot language the school board approved for the bond issue Monday night will go to voters in April 2018.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A man is suffering from a gunshot wound after an argument in the parking lot of the... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:40:00 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - Joshua Lee is a retired sergeant from the Missouri National Guard where he served from 2007 to... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:00:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri moved to a new location to help feed more people... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:34:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri House committee investigating Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has hired former state Supreme... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:32:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - MU researchers say there will be 600 million people with some level of diabetic blindness by the year... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:27:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Downtown Leadership Council wants more parking spaces for customers and visitors downtown. The Downtown Leadership Council... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:58:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
SWEET SPRINGS - As temperatures rise in Central Missouri, so do fishermen's aspirations of landing their trophy catch. Missouri's lakes... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:49:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens' attorneys will argue the office of Attorney General Josh Hawley should be blocked from... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:22:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - "Organic" and "non-GMO"—these food labels adorn all kinds of products, from breakfast cereal to snack food. And according... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
BELLERIVE (AP) — The University of Missouri-St. Louis is considering eliminating some degree programs amid financial trouble. A committee... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:17:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Missouri State University and its food supplier are investigating to determine how a small mouse was found... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – A study out this week finds high stress levels among elementary teachers affect student behavior and performance. ... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:38:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than 100 immigrants gathered to become American citizens at the naturalization ceremony Wednesday afternoon. "It's... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:29:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Legal experts say Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was not entitled to use a donor list... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:11:56 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The head of an MU Latino student group said Wednesday a court ruling to protect the Deferred Action... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:06:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH - Hundreds celebrated the life of Miller County sheriff's deputy Casey Shoemate Wednesday morning. Shoemate died Friday... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:49:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. CHARLES (AP) — In a brief and subdued speech to hundreds of St. Louis area police officers, Missouri Gov.... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:41:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Union teachers are urging lawmakers to vote against a bill that would change how unions use dues... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:28:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
7am 45°
8am 48°
9am 53°
10am 57°